NHS trails rest of the EU for medics, beds and scanners and UK has shortest maternity stays of any country

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s annual report into EU healthcare shows that on a range of statistics Britain is faring badly:

  • UK has 2.8 doctors per 1,000 people – behind only Romania and Poland
  • Britain is also third worst for the number of hospital beds per head


Daniel Martin - Daily Mail - 24th November 2016


Britain has the shortest maternity stays and among the fewest hospital beds, doctors and cancer scanners in the EU, a study shows. It lays bare the extent to which the NHS is labouring, highlighting the fact that the UK has the third lowest number of hospital beds per head of population.

The average maternity stay of 36 hours, or 1.5 days – condemned as ‘conveyor belt care’ – puts Britain on a par with non-EU country Turkey. And this is less than half the EU average stay of 3.2 days, far lower than the 4.1 common in France and five in Croatia.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s annual report into EU healthcare shows that on a range of statistics Britain fares worse than a number of countries formerly behind the Iron Curtain.

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NHS blog: Home surgery could spell the end of NHS cuts - this is NOT funny

From: https://www.networks.nhs.uk/editors-blog/home-surgery-could-spell-end-to-nhs-cuts  Julian Patterson 4th November 2016


The BBC and Independent last week reported  that a man with a gangrenous foot cut off his own toes after a hospital operation had been cancelled. Doctors said the operation, performed with a pair of surgical pliers had probably saved the man’s foot. It also saved the NHS the cost of putting him under the knife.

The government said the case illustrated the potential to improve NHS outcomes and efficiency without inconveniencing taxpayers or putting further demands on hard-working ministers preoccupied with Brexit plans.

Operating framework

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Julia Simon: "STPs and ACOs: solutions for a 'bankrupt' NHS and social care system"?

Talk given at the Learie Constantine centre, Dudden Hill Lane, on 1st December 2016 at the invitation of Brent Patient Voice to an audience of 50 people.

Dr Julia Simon was until Sept 2016 the head of NHS England's commissioning policy unit and its programme director of co-commissioning of primary care.

She had worked at London and national NHS level since 2012 on CCG and commissioning issues.


Dr Simon referred to a small number of presentation slides.

"There has been a split between commissioning and provision for over 25 years. The 2012 Health and Social Care Act aims to create a truly clinically led system with GPs in the driving seat. But the outcome is actually a fragmented commissioning system with three main budget holders across CCGs, NHSE and local authorities (public health), and a bewildering number of other national organisations.

In my view healthcare isn't a market: hospitals do not fail. They are always bailed out in order to give citizens care - which seems obvious. Andrew Lansley, the Secretary of State for Health responsible for the introduction of the HSCS Act, is married to a GP.


There were 212 in 2012 and there are 209 now. They are legally constituted by their members and all practising GPs must be members of one. CCGs have a statutory duty to (1) improve primary care and (2) to engage citizens.


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Ambulance target failures highlight NHS crisis, say health chiefs

NHS England says figures showing only one of UK’s 13 services met eight- minute target is a system-wide problem.

The figures showed that ambulance crews are wasting more than 500,000 hours queuing outside hospitals.


Figures showing that every ambulance service in England failed to meet response time targets for the past 16 months are a sign of a system-wide problem, NHS England has admitted.

The figures, released under freedom of information rules, showed that of the UK’s 13 ambulance services, only Wales was reaching emergencies within the target time of eight minutes. They also showed that the number of patients waiting for ambulances for more than an hour had almost tripled in the past two years, and that ambulance crews were wasting more than 500,000 hours queuing outside hospitals.

Health unions and the Labour party seized on the figures as an illustration that funding was failing to keep pace with unprecedented demand.

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